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"Great Men of Science," Johns Hopkins Science Review Series

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Published on Sep 13, 2012

Telling the story of some of the "Great Men of Science" who helped make Johns Hopkins University a leading research and educational institution:

1. Elmer V. McCollum, pioneer in the science of nutrition, was first to demonstrate presence of vitamins in plant and animal tissue.

2. John Boswell Whitehead, considered the "father" of the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering, profoundly influenced the field of dielectrics or non-conducting materials (insulators).

3. Alexander Christie was a world-renowned mechanical engineer, best known for his power plant designs and plans for industrial development.

4. George Boas, a professor of philosophy hired by the Johns Hopkins University in 1921, believed the only justification for studying any subject "is the importance it has for human life."

5. William Albright was a professor of semitic languages from 1927 - 1958. His legacy lives on through the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in East Jerusalem.

6. Robert William Wood, a pivotal contributor to the field of optics, is best known for giving birth to the so-called "black-light effect."

This episode originally aired on May 5, 1952.

100 Years of Johns Hopkins Engineering: http://engineering.jhu.edu/100

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